Posts Tagged ‘Wildlife Photography for Beginners

30
Mar
13

Expect a Cull

As we waited for an Otter to show last week we encountered this little chap. Completely oblivious to us at the other side of the river he was slowly munching his way through sprouting bluebell leaves.  Muntjac, although native to Asia have now spread widely through Britain after escaping from wildlife parks.

They are regulars in the garden here at Falcon Cottage and we even saw one a few years ago on one of our tours to Scotland, well beyond their reported range. They are set to be the UK’s most common deer. Given numbers of deer generally are said to be at their greatest ever within the UK (a claim to which I do not subscribe) undoubtedly Muntjac will be swept up within the proposed recommended deer cull. It would be a shame to loose such a charming little animal but it has to be said they do a great deal of damage to the understory of woodlands that would otherwise support breeding Warblers, Nightingales and the like.

Muntjac 1

 

06
Feb
13

Wrapped in a cloak of Satin

Shags seem to be quite easy to find here this winter. We came across one individual while out photographing earlier this week. When we started taking shots the Shag was quite distant but gradually it came closer and closer until it gave us frame filling photos. Ok not so unusual in breeding colonies on the Farne islands or in Scotland but quite scarce in our part of the world.

I like these birds. From a distance they look very innocuous; not gaudy or showy, very much the plain Jane. When you get close it becomes overwhelmingly apparent they are quite spectacular. The subtle metallic green hues, the emerald shining eye, the curly crest feathers and the bird is wrapped in a cloak of satin plates. We agreed between us this one bird alone made our day.

Shag




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